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March 04, 2011

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The Zen Birdfeeder

S - thanks for the update. New snow here too yesterday. :(

S

Update- went for a walk down the road last night and saw the first males. They were yelling "buttaWEET!" up and down the marshes to each other. It was so beautiful yesterday, a great first day of spring. The snowdrops and hellebore are up and I'm hearing more varieties of bird song. Today, two inches of new snow on the ground!

The Zen Birdfeeder

S - perfect habitat for red-wings! Keep watching and let us know.

S

I could swear I heard one yesterday. Listening intently today, but so far nothing. Then again, it could be the crows are drowning them out. They're very agitated today. Princetown here, near lots of marshland.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Mariann - not here yet at home but expect them soon! Let us know when you see them.

Marianne Russell

Moving into our house in Clifton Park and since last Monday, have been hearing red-winged blackbirds in the backyard (bordering on the nature preserve). Don't have our feeders up just yet - need to find a way to get them into the ground, so haven't seen any per se, but definitely hearing them quite often!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Ellen - thanks for the update from your visit to Auburn.
Laurie - not sure we've heard of them yet as far as Wilton so thanks for the report! And thanks for having the suet out there for them in yesterday's yucky weather.

Laurie Bouchard

I thought I was seeing things this morning when I saw a male Red-Winged Blackbird on my suet in the middle of this snow storm! A few minutes later there were 6 of them! I live in Wilton, NY and didn't think I would see them for a couple more weeks.

Ellen

I saw my first male Red-winged Blackbird of the season on March 1st, while I was in Auburn, NY. It seemed early to me.

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The Zen Birdfeeder

Pat and Richard - thanks for the updates. Sounds like spring is on it's way in PA and MA!

Richard

We're on Cape Cod, and have been seeing Red-winged blackbirds for over a week now, usually 3 or 4 at the feeder or on the ground under it. One evening this week there were 35-40 in the tress around us.

Pat Folkmire

Good Saturday morning to you. Wanted to let you know that I have had Red-winged Blackbirds in my area for about a week now. First saw a single male, and as of today, have several at the feeders. I live within 10 miles of Pittsburgh.

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